Big League Tours has built its business by offering fans a chance to get closer to the game. We do that by guaranteeing lower level seats, planning meet and greets with former players, taking stadium tours, and in general, doing everything we can to make sure our guests are thrilled with their tour experience. The Red Sox made us aware of a new opportunity at Fenway and we jumped at the chance to offer it to our August Hall of Fame Tour group. It was the VIP Batting Practice Experience at Fenway. So, before the Red Sox and Yankees squared off in the ESPN Sunday night game, we made our way to the ballpark.
Our tour host Sarah met the BLT group at the VIP entrance and personally escorted us into ballpark. This was my first time at Fenway Park. The “quaint” feel of the park struck me as we snaked through the small passageways finally entering the seating area right behind home plate. Sarah walked with us down the steps to the wall right beside the Red Sox dugout. She opened a door and led us onto the field. Our guests, and the BLT staff, were in awe as we walked onto on field area right behind home plate. We watched as the teams took batting/fielding practice. First the Red Sox, then the Yankees. Seeing those elite athletes bomb ball after ball into the stands was amazing. This on field VIP batting practice tour is a first for BLT, but it will definitely not be the last.
After 45 minutes or so on the field, Sarah suggested that we head up to the Green Monster to see if we could snag some home run balls. Sarah walked us up the steps and over to the Green Monster entrance where we went down to the seating area. A few balls were hit near us, but none of our guests were able grab one. But, the view from the Monster was fantastic.
We ended our tour by walking through the luxury suite area (yes, even old Fenway has luxury suites) and checking out the Red Sox Hall of Fame. All throughout the tour, Sarah gave us historical background on the stadium areas and the team. It was probably the best stadium tour on which we have ever been at Big League Tours.
We will make sure to include this VIP package on our 2014 luxury baseball tours to Boston. Keep an eye on our website for the 2014 tours announcement.
We've made some changes to our Big Apple Tour 2 and New York Destination Tour 4 in August. It was necessary for us to move the start date of both tours to Aug. 20 based on the game times for the Yankees and Mets. Other game details, schedules, and pricing have also changed. If you are interested in these tours, please click on the links below to get all the new info.
We are thrilled to announce that 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight will be joining us on our East Coast and Atlantic Beltway Tours as the Big League Tours Player Experience. Ray played in 13 MLB seasons including 3 with the NY Mets where he won the World Series. (Who could forget Ray's famous romp home when Bill Buckner made the error at first that allowed him to score in Game 6?) Ray was an NL All Star in 1980 and 1982, and served as the Reds manager over the 1996-97 seasons. This year is Ray’s sixth season as co-host of Nats Xtra on the Washington Nationals TV network. Ray will join us before the Nationals game on June 25. We can’t wait to meet him and hear about his playing days, as well as, his insights on the game today.
Limited space is available on the East Coast and Atlantic Beltway Tours. Please let us know right away if you are interested in purchasing one of these tours. Here are the links to the tour webpages:
We are pleased to announce that '83 AL Rookie of the Year, and White Sox Legend, Ron Kittle will be joining our group in Chicago on our Midwest Tour 1. Ron will be giving a behind the scenes tour of US Cellular Field as part of our Big League Player Experience. Ron tells great stories about his years in the Majors (ask him about the guy in the stands at Yankee Stadium), and he will spend time signing autographs and taking pictures with our guests as well. The Big League Player Experience, as well as, lower level seats, sensible itineraries, and luxury accommodations all add up to a baseball vacation that is unrivaled. If you would like to join us, just click the link below to go the the Midwest Tour 1 web page and then click Purchase This Tour.
We are looking forward to a great 2013 baseball tour season. Pitchers and catchers for all
the MLB teams are reporting to camp this week, with position players soon to follow. Opening Day is just around the corner, and our tour groups will start traveling the US enjoying the great game we all love. As interest builds in the MLB season, and our baseball tours, I thought I would take the opportunity to answer the 3 most frequently asked questions about Big League Tours. Here they are:
Is transportation to/from the tour included? No, it isn't. Our guests come from all over the country, so it's not possible for us to project those costs. But, we are happy to help you book your travel to/from the tour as an additional, no-cost service. Just give us a call and we will help find the best travel deal for you.
What about rainouts? Unfortunately, we can't predict the weather, but you might be interested to know that in all the years Big League Tours has been in business, we have only experienced 2 rainouts. In the event that a game is rained out, you will receive a rain check from the home team like all the other fans at the game.
When will I get my travel packet? For those guests that have booked our tours, we mail a packet that has all the final tour information around 3-4 weeks before the first day of the tour. In that packet will be detailed times, hotel info, Big League Tours Player Experience info, tour transportation info etc. We also send updates to our guests via email to keep everyone informed.
We hope you will join us on a luxury baseball tour this season. Here's a link to our 2013 Tours:
Our West Coast Tour special continues through next week. We are offering specials on our Full West Coast Tour, Southern California Tour, and Baseball on the Bay Tour. Here are the links to our West Coast Tours.
If you haven't had a chance to visit our Big League Tours home page lately. I invite you to take a look. www.bigleaguetours.com Glenn and I took time recently to record some videos that give an overview of the Big League Tours Differences. One of the biggest differences is the location of the seats when guests travel with Big League Tours. We guarantee lower level infield seats for every game. We know that many of our guests are seeing the ballparks like Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field for the first and only time. And because of that, we make sure everyone has great seats. We don't purchase group seats in the upper deck or way down the line in the outfield. Here's the video where Glenn talks about why we think sitting close to the action is important.
We thought it would be a good idea to tell folks about the "Big League Tours Difference" on our website. So, we changed our home page completely by adding video clips that have Glenn Dunlap and I describing four of our Big League Tours exclusives. If you have been thinking about purchasing a tour, but aren't sure what makes a Big League Tours baseball vacation better than the others, then please check out our new home page. We aren't video pro's, but we think it's a great way for folks to learn about our business. Here's the link to the home page:
Our Holiday Promotion continues through the end of the year. You can get 5%, or an extra free room night when you book your Multi-City Tour by Dec. 31. Please call or email with any questions. Here's the link to our Multi-City Tour page.
Last week, Glenn Dunlap was featured on the Inside Indiana Business television program. The program plays all over the state highlighting the businesses that make Indiana their home. Glenn and host, Gerry Dick, discuss our luxury baseball tours as well as our company history. Thanks to everyone at Inside Indiana Business for putting it together. Gerry and his staff have been extremely supportive of Big League Tours since the beginning. Just click the video link to see the interview after a short promo for Inside Indiana Business.
Here's a baseball tour that promises to be great fun - see six baseball stadiums, watch tendifferent teams, stay in four different cities.
This baseball vacation package starts in Kansas City with a game at "The K", Kauffman Stadium, the site of the 2012 All Star Game. From there we'll make the short trip across Missouri to St. Louis for a game at Busch Stadium.
We'll hop a quick flight to Chicago where we'll setup for three nights. First, we'll see the White Sox at Sox Park and meet up with Sox Slugger, Ron Kittle. The next day we'll go up to Milwaukee to see the Phillies and Brewers at Miller Park and then head back to Chicago after the game. We'll wrap up our Chicago stay with a game at historic Wrigley Field.
Monday is reserved for traveling to Minneapolis. We'll fly there so that you'll be able to get settled at the hotel and then take in some local sites in the Twin Cities. Our final day will include a game at Target Field where the Twins host the Phillies for some Inter-league play.
So let's see. That means we'll be sampling barbeque, fried ravioli, Chicago-style pizza and dogs, brats and state fair food. Mmm, mmm... Can't wait!!
Here's a short video with more of the details of this tour. Download the brochure or Purchase This Tour now. We hope you'll join us!!
We really never stop thinking about baseball. And it seems that there are several other folks who are the same way. By the time the World Series was over, MLB had already released their schedules for next season and we started putting together our luxury baseball vacations. So, for the first time, we announced our baseball tour schedules to the public in October. We have been pleasantly surprised at the number of die-hard baseball fans who have visited our website, signed up for our newsletters/updates, and purchased their 2013 baseball tours. Here is a list of the most popular Multi-City tours by number of bookings, so far: